Les, over at Stupid Evil Bastard (oh, man, I am so envious of his domain name), takes note of a Catholic woman in Ohio, who complained about a quote from the Starbucks “The Way I See It” program, and got some press about her complaint.
In “The Way I See It”, Starbucks puts quotations on their coffee cups. The quotations are from all sorts of people, and show all sorts of differing viewpoints. The company says that they want the quotations to “promote discussion” (and that they don't reflect any corporate viewpoint). The quote that irked the Ohio woman was one suggesting that instead of asking for guidance from a God “that may well be a figment of our imaginations”, we should “search inside ourselves”. The Catholic woman, who “loves God”, was offended.
Les has this to say about it:
Welcome to my world Mrs. Michelle Incanno. It’d be really nice if I could make it through the day without having umpteen million Christian messages shoved in my face whether it’s those stupid billboards that pretend to be messages from God or the various True Believers who show up at my door to ask if I know where I’m going once I die or the various businesses that feel the need to promote Christianity with their services. If I ran off and bitched at a journalist every time I was confronted by something like that they’d have to print a special newspaper just for my complaints.Well put, Les; I agree completely!
Rather than spend my time sitting around being offended, though, I just developed a thick enough skin that I can brush it off for the most part and I’d suggest you do the same.
Indeed, we do seem to have a severe double-standard problem here. It's acceptable, even laudable, to make overt pro-God statements, to post them publicly, to confront people with them. It's not acceptable to be public about the idea that God is a fantasy. Some wonder why there are people who're so upset about “under God” in the pledge of allegiance, about “ten commandments” displays in public buildings, about Christmas displays on public property. On the surface, I agree that those are fights not worth having. Below the surface, though, they're part of that double standard. Those who fight about them feel that we need to hold the line, to avoid having the line disappear entirely.
And, of course, the interesting thing about Ms Incanno's complaint is that the same Starbucks program puts all sorts of quotes on their cups, including some that I would find offensive (such as number 92), if I chose to take offense at those sorts of things. As Les says (and as most of those commenting on the news item say), the woman needs to get a grip.